DUPAGE COUNTY, Ill. (CBS) — A lawyer for Chicago’s Council on American-Islamic Relations says he is delighted with a ruling by a federal judge – which sides with a suburban Islamic religious center’s right to open – and goes against DuPage County.
“You know, I think the county just dug in its heels on this matter,” said Kevin Vodak.
Kevin Vodak is the litigation director at the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which fought on behalf of the Irshad Islamic Learning Center — a fight which was opposed by the DuPage County Board.
A federal judge has now sided with the learning center – but found there wasn’t enough evidence to prove discrimination.
“In other words, we couldn’t necessarily prove that Irshad was treated differently because it’s a Muslim institution. But at the same time, federal laws require that the government properly justify its denial,” said Vodak. “And here, the records show that there really was not a proper justification.”
A spokesman for the DuPage County State’s Attorney says there is no comment at this point about a possible appeal.
Steve Miller is an investigative reporter and has been with Newsradio for more than two decades. He grew up in South Texas and received his undergraduate degree in Liberal Arts at the University of Texas in Austin. After graduation, he moved to...